My motivation for making my paintings is an inherent need to create. There are of course certain themes that are prevalent within my work. I’m interested in masks and the idea of hiding one’s identity. I have recently been depicting people wearing masks or hiding their face in some way. They are usually in an outdoor space, like the woods. This is an obvious combination of my love for landscape and figurative painting. Over the past few years I have been diligently working on a series that portrays people in masks out in nature. This has been partly inspired by the music festival culture in the United States. I think it is a beautiful thing to see people being their playful, true selves all dressed up for a big party in the woods. It’s a refreshing way to step away from the normalities of life. I hope that my work speaks to others with feeling, that the viewer can create their own personal narrative; but, in the end, all that matters to me is that I am making art.